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Fashion magazine covers

Series comprises 477 magazine covers, predominantly from early 20th-century issues of fashion magazines such as Vogue, Vanity fair, Harper’s bazar (after Nov. 1929, Harper’s bazaar) and The delineator. Series also includes a small number of covers from general-interest periodicals such as Collier’s and The Saturday evening post, art magazines such as Shadowland, and other magazines, issued chiefly in the United States and Canada. The covers feature the art of over 80 named illustrators, chiefly American artists. Often fanciful, the images provide colourful illustration of Art Nouveau and Art Deco design in the period, primarily in women’s clothing, and include the work of prominent magazine illustrators Helen Dryden, Erté, Anne Harriet Fish, C. Coles Phillips and George Wolfe Plank. The techniques used to create the cover designs were predominantly drawing and painting, although two 1913 covers for the magazine Dress and Vanity fair are illustrated with uncredited photographs. Advertisements for automobiles, cosmetics, clothing and household products appear on verso of the covers. Some files include duplicate items or the same cover image from different editions of a magazine.

Elliott, Emily Louise (Orr), 1867–1952

Book and magazine illustrations

United States from the mid-19th century to around 1915. These include the work of 132 artists, for which predominant sources were monthly and weekly periodicals featuring fiction with captioned narrative illustrations, including The Century magazine, Collier’s, Cosmopolitan, Cornhill magazine, The delineator, Everybody’s magazine, Good words, Harper’s monthly magazine, Harper’s weekly, The leisure hour, London society, McClure’s magazine, Scribner’s magazine and Scribner’s monthly.
Several illustrations come from mid-19th-century books such as those created by Myles Birket Foster for his Beauties of English landscape (London : George Routledge and Sons, 1874), by Thomas Creswick for Poems by Alfred Tennyson (London : E. Moxon & Co., 1866) and by John Dawson Watson for The pilgrim’s progress by John Bunyan (London : Routledge, Warne and Routledge, 1861).
Other sources were general-interest magazines and fashion magazines, including The bookman, Harper’s bazar, The illustrated London news, Life and Vanity fair, that contained sections featuring the artwork of illustrators. A small number of magazine covers in colour and some pages from U.S. newspapers are included The folder of illustrations by John Tenniel includes an issue of The art journal ([April], 1901, designated “The art annual”) consisting of “The life and works of Sir John Tenniel” by Cosmo Monkhouse.

Elliott, Emily Louise (Orr), 1867–1952

Gustave Doré illustrations

Series comprises approximately 240 printed sheets of black-and-white and greyscale wood engravings (prints) from drawings by French printmaker, painter and sculptor Gustave Doré (1832–1883). Perhaps the oldest sheets of illustrations in this series are in a partial, disbound copy of Doré’s Two hundred sketches humorous and grotesque, while other leaves with images are from The beautiful story by James William Buel (1849–1920), and from editions of Inferno by Dante Alighieri (1235–1321) and Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547–1616).

Elliott, Emily Louise (Orr), 1867–1952

Illustrations from publications for children

Series comprises sheets of illustrations clipped chiefly from early-20th-century children’s books and magazines and from material intended for children or picturing children in periodicals such as Collier’s, Country life and The delineator. The illustrations accompany fairy tales and children’s stories, depict children at play, or portray animals. Series consists of the work of 62 identified artists, including Frank Adams, Frank Godwin, George Vernon Stokes, Jessie Willcox Smith and Blanche Fisher Wright. Illustrations are also taken from The child’s natural history (Boston : DeWolf Fiske, [190-?]) with pictures by unidentified artists, and Favourite animals (London : Dean & Son, [1905?]) with pictures by Stanley Berkeley (1855–1909) and other artists not named. Illustrations by Jessie Willcox Smith include 3 magazine covers with images of children from Good housekeeping, Jan. 1918 and Jan. 1919, and The ladies’ home journal, Nov. 1912.
The number of items per illustrator extends from a single sheet in the case of 25 of the artists to the more numerous illustrations (47) by Frank Adams. Many sheets are illustrated on both sides. The earliest illustrations are probably those by Thomas Landseer from the 1880s and the latest by Frank Godwin (1925).

Elliott, Emily Louise (Orr), 1867–1952

Elizabeth McGillivray Knowles photographs

Series comprises photographs of Canadian painter Elizabeth McGillivray Knowles (Ottawa 1866–1928 Riverton, N.H.) and her paintings taken around the turn of the 20th century at an unidentified location.

Conn, Gordon, d. 1977

George Agnew Reid papers

Series comprises photos of Canadian painter George Agnew Reid (Wingham, Ont. 1860–1947 Toronto) and his paintings; correspondence with Helen Kemp Frye; lists of paintings; an essay by the artist and a programme for the 150th anniversary (1957) of Jarvis Collegiate Institute, Toronto.

Conn, Gordon, d. 1977

Mary Hiester Reid photographs

Series comprises a photo of Canadian painter Mary Hiester Reid (Reading, Pa. 1854–1921 Toronto), with installation shots of the 1922 memorial exhibition of her paintings at the Art Gallery of Toronto, and a photo of an oil portrait of her by her husband George Agnew Reid.

Conn, Gordon, d. 1977

Wyly Grier photograph

Series comprises an undated photograph of Canadian portrait painter (Sir Edmund) Wyly Grier (Melbourne, Australia 1862–1957 Toronto) and others in Egypt, probably in the 1920s.

Conn, Gordon, d. 1977

Mary Wrinch Reid papers

Series comprises correspondence of Canadian painter Mary Wrinch Reid (Kirby-le-Soken, England 1877–1969 Toronto), with lists of exhibitions and paintings and biographical information, photographs of the artist, a watercolour and other material.

Conn, Gordon, d. 1977

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